Weekly Review: A Fly on the Wall

This year has been a very different one to previous years. Up until last year I had five children who were all home at different times throughout the week, studying or working part time and for the few years before that there were seven filling up the house. It's been a very a different dynamic … Continue reading Weekly Review: A Fly on the Wall

Science & Natural History with a 15 Year old Boy

In my last post I shared some thoughts on coming to Ambleside Online late, and the adjustments I made with my older children. This post follows on from some of what I wrote there as it concerns Benj who started AO when he was 12 years of age. He is nearing the end of AO … Continue reading Science & Natural History with a 15 Year old Boy

Coming Late to Ambleside Online – some thoughts on the high school years

      One ship sails East,And another West,By the self-same winds that blow, 'Tis the set of the sailsAnd not the gales,That tells the way we go.   Like the winds of the seaAre the waves of time,As we journey along through life,'Tis the set of the soul,That determines the goal,And not the calm … Continue reading Coming Late to Ambleside Online – some thoughts on the high school years

Snippets of a Week Of Ambleside Online Year 8 with a 15 Year old

*  History readings as per Ambleside Online schedule. Benj plans his own readings from the weekly list. With Churchill's books, he has always preferred to read a whole chapter per week rather than how it is scheduled (the chapters are divided as they are fairly long) so he has just finished the book this week. … Continue reading Snippets of a Week Of Ambleside Online Year 8 with a 15 Year old

Keeping Company – Nature & Science Notebooks

Where science does not teach a child to wonder and admire it has perhaps no educative value.    A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason   We've started getting back into our regular bush ventures now that the weather is cooling down here,  but this past week we had some outings which weren't done with … Continue reading Keeping Company – Nature & Science Notebooks

Ambleside Online Year 7 in Review

  The Lady of Shalott by J.W. Waterhouse, 1888     Bengy, our 14 year old, turning 15 later this year, has come to the end of AO Year 7. I've mentioned in other posts that the upper years of AO are sufficiently challenging for a students over a range of ages. It helps to … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 in Review

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare: an overview and reading plan

The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's later plays and at the time he was writing (around 1611) the 'tragicomedy' was in vogue.A tragicomedy is defined by the Oxford School Shakespeare as a play in which 'alarming events and overwhelming passions narrowly avoid their tragic consequences only in the nick of time.' There is some … Continue reading The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare: an overview and reading plan

Some Unconsidered Aspects of Intellectual Training

    Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935)   The more I read of Charlotte Mason's ideas, the more I appreciate the legacy of wisdom she's left behind. I also appreciate the work others have done to clothe her educational ideas in ways that make those ideas presentable and do-able a hundred years or so after they … Continue reading Some Unconsidered Aspects of Intellectual Training